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Doug Smith

Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. As past database editor from 2004 through 2015, he hunted down and analyzed data for news and investigative projects. Besides “Grading the Teachers,” he contributed to investigations of construction abuse in the community college system and the rising toll of prescription drug overdoses. Smith has been at The Times since 1970, covering local and state government, criminal justice, politics and education. He was the lead writer for Times’ coverage of the infamous North Hollywood shootout, winner of a 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Between 2005 and 2008, Smith made five trips to Iraq on loan to our foreign desk.
Statistical error inflated last year's homeless count by more than 2,700

Statisticians have discovered an error in the 2017 homeless count that inflated the total number of homeless people in Los Angeles County by 5%.

Emergency shelters get a boost as L.A. County increases homelessness spending by $143 million

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors adopted a homelessness budget Tuesday that increases spending by $143 million over last year. Most of the increase was built into last year's tentative budget approved after voters passed Measure H. But nearly $28 million was added for shelter expansion.

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